Review: Monopoly Plus: Rabbids, Just Dance, My Little Pony (DLC)

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Title: Monopoly Plus: Rabbids, Just Dance, My Little Pony
Format: PlayStation Network Download Rabbids (16.5 MB) | Just Dance (16.5 MB) | My Little Pony (16.5 MB)
Release Date: November 18, 2014 | February 24, 2015 | September 29, 2015
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Asobo Studio
Original MSRP: $2.99 (US), €2.99 (EU), £2.49 (UK) each
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
Monopoly Plus is also available on PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
The PlayStation 4 download version was used for this review.
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Review of the Original Game:
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Editor’s Note:
Monopoly Plus is available as a stand-alone download, as part of the Monopoly Family Fun Pack, or as part of the Hasbro Family Fun Pack.

So far Ubisoft has released three pieces of add-on content for Monopoly Plus which is part of the Monopoly Family Fun Pack. These three board variants are Rabbids, Just Dance, and My Little Pony. But what do you get in these add-ons and is it worth the extra expense? Check out my massive, in-depth review on each one to find out.

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Gameplay:
Let me get one important thing out-of-the-way, you don’t get new ‘living’ boards like you see in Monopoly Plus, these are the standard flat, boring, nothing going on in the centre, boards with different pictures and names for each location.

I know what you’re thinking, it would have been great to see the place where the Ponies live brought to life in the middle of the board – no, I’m not a Bronie. Or maybe some of the locations from the Rabbids TV show or some dancers strutting their stuff whilst you all make your way round the board. Alas, these three add-on boards are just simply quite plain and boring.

Each location, including the utilities and cards, is themed to that particular brand but in name only with a forgettable, almost random image. However, you can at least pick from a wide selection of player pieces, right? At least that would make up for the shortcomings of the bland boards. Well if by wide selection you actually mean, one, then yeah it’s great. Yes let me make it clear, you only get ONE new player piece for each add-on board.

… pales in comparison to the living board …
So that’s a Rabbid, the blue pony, and the Just Dance bear thing each with their accompanying board. So you don’t even get a string of ponies to keep the Bronies happy. You’ll just have to fight over who gets to be the single new player token. Each one moves around the board in their own distinct way and does look good, but I’m sure the community would have liked more choice when it came to these pieces.

I’ve never experienced the musical stylings of Just Dance and never even knew there was a mascot for it. This is my least favourite of the add-ons and it looks odd. Yes I prefer the pony thing to the stupid bear but the best has to be the Rabbid, it looks great and moves in a comical way.

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You might wonder why I’ve been harping on about the lack of content with these DLC packs and might question why I’m moaning about them considering their small price. Look at it this way, you can buy some games on the PlayStation Store for the same price or less and they all took considerably longer to make and are more fun than these.

… the novelty factor wears off within the first time round the board …
Visuals:
Each add-on board does look nice enough, but each pales in comparison to the living board found in the main part of the game. This alone is a massively wasted opportunity and it feels like a cheap cash-in.

No effort has been made other than a few simple images laid flat on the basic board. They could have put an intern on it, creating a few three-dimensional graphics to drop onto the board to give it some unique charm and a legitimacy seeing as you are paying for these.

Audio:
No difference in audio for any of the add-on content. Again, why not have some audio samples and music from the TV shows and other game.

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Online/Multiplayer:
These add-ons feature the same options as the main game without any changes aside from being able to use the new token pieces.

Conclusion:
These boards are very basic and the novelty factor wears off within the first time round the board. The only is a single new token piece from each add-on to use in any game mode. So in the end, it really comes down to how much of a fan you are of each property.

I’m disappointed by these DLC packs, as you might have guessed, which saddens me as the game itself is very enjoyable (Monopoly Family Fun Pack (PS4) review), I would advise saving your money for something more substantial.

Score:
3.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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  • Makai Ookami

    The problem is this game is broken to the point of uselessness. Unless something has changed.

    I played an online match, and my friend was sleeping. What happened then? Well we couldn’t save and quit, and since Monopoly takes hours, and he got disconnected… well the whole thing fell apart.

    We couldn’t figure out how to have 2 local players and an online friend. We also couldn’t figure out how to add A.I. partners I don’t think… (been a year since I played it) so the whole experience is kinda broken.

    Correct me if I’m wrong please. I bought 2 copies of the disc version last year on black friday and was just horribly disappointed.

    • ChazzH69

      For some strange reason you cannot mix local and online multiplayer but can add computer controlled A.I.

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